Pundit Wire

February 2013

February 1, 2013

“Liberal, liberal, liberal! The wedge label is the last weapon of people who are out of step with their era.”

-Timothy Egan in New York Times Opinion, January 24, 2013

February 2, 2013

“Pending catastrophe is not an easy notion to entertain, much less sustain. Americans, moreover, have a low tolerance for doom and gloom. We are the nation of optimism, after all. We elect leaders who promise hope and change. We are the shining city on a hill. But what happens when the lights go out?”

–Kathleen Parker, columnist, on America’s current economic instability and financial uncertainty, Op-Ed in the Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2010

February 3, 2013

“There are two things you need to avoid if you don’t want your movement to be doomed: one is violence, the other is taking advice from foreigners.”

-Serbian revolutionary Srdja Popovic, The Independent (UK), Sept. 11, 2011

February 4, 2013

“According to the calendar, it is 2013, but anyone who watched the commercials during Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday night might be excused for believing it was a year when “Modern Family” meant the Cleavers, the Bradys, the Huxtables or the Conners.”

-Stuart Elliott, columnist, New York Times, February 4, 2013

February 5, 2013

“The Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives. And I think nobody should be barred from that.”

-President Barack Obama, on admitting gay and bisexual youth into the Boy Scouts of America, CBS’s 60 Minutes, February 3, 2013

February 6, 2013

“What we have been living for three decades is frontier capitalism, with the frontier constantly shifting location from crisis to crisis, moving on as soon as the law catches up.”

-Author Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, published in 2007

February 7, 2013

“The occupational hazard of democracy is know-nothing voters. It shouldn’t be know-nothing candidates.”

-Columnist Maureen Dowd, on anti-intellectualism in the Republican Party, The New York Times, Sept. 18, 2011

February 8, 2013

“We have never said we want to see the government shut down. What we want to see is a true fight.”

-Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Time, April 1, 2011

February 9, 2013

“‘Elohim’, the name for the creative power in Genesis, is a female plural, a fact that generations of learned rabbis and Christian theologians have all explained as merely grammatical convention. The King James and most other Bibles translate it as “God,” but if you take the grammar literally, it seems to mean “goddesses.”

-Robert Anton Wilson, Novelist, in “Everything is Under Control,” 1998

February 10, 2013

“Empathy makes you more aware of other people’s suffering, but it’s not clear it actually motivates you to take moral action or prevents you from taking immoral action.”

-Columnist David Brooks, The New York Times, Sept. 29, 2011

February 11, 2013

“You are only going to be the size of your dream. To dream big or dream small takes the same amount of energy, so why not stretch a little bit?”

-Carlos Brito, Newsweek, July 16, 2012

February 12, 2013

“How come nobody ever asked that question: How did white people feel about Bill Clinton, about George Bush?”

-Sandy Banks, discussing how the media questions if President Obama had lived up to African American’s expectations, Los Angelos Times, January 9, 2013

February 13, 2013

“Politicians like stability. Bankers like stability. But the “stability” we have so long embraced in the Arab world wasn’t really stability. It was repression.”

-Anne Applebaum, The Washington Post, January 31, 2011

February 14, 2013

“The Beatles got it right: “Can’t buy me love.”

-Iris Krasnow, Huffington Post, Februrary 6, 2013

February 15, 2013

“Political insiderdom ― or the illusion thereof ― has moved from Georgetown salons or cordoned-off security zones to a mass e-mail list administrated by a never-married 45-year-old grind known as Mikey.”

-Mark Leibovich, New York Times, April 20, 2010, speaking about Mike Allen’s Politico Playbook

February 16, 2013

“If I’ve learned one thing in the investing business, it’s that when people talk about unrealistic things, you don’t tell them they’re crazy.”

-Paul Madera, The New York Times, February 12, 2012

February 17, 2013

“The things that divide us are not new, yet there’s a sense now that the glue that held us together for more than two centuries has thinned and cracked with age. That it was allowed to thin and crack, that the modern era wore it out.”

-Peggy Noonan, the Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2011

February 18, 2013

“Sometimes it can seem that history is turning in a wide arc, toward an unknown shore. Yet the destination of history is determined by human action, and every great movement of history comes to a point of choosing.”

-George W. Bush, President of the United States, State of the Union Address, January 31, 2006

February 19, 2013

“Honey, if you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love someone else? Can I get an amen?”

-RuPaul, Drag Queen Extraordinaire, at the end of every episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race

February 20, 2013

“The biggest lesson of my 30′s, that I’m trying to learn is that “no” is not a bad word. “No” will not shut out the world. “No” is not a deafening roar to other people; an adjustment happens, not the end of every thing.”

-Michelle Williams, The Movie Times, December 2, 2011

February 21, 2013

“To me, the only sin is mediocrity.”

-Martha Graham, founder of the Modern Dance Movement, The New York Times, March 31, 1985

February 22, 2013

“As we celebrate Black History Month this February, and as we await the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality, we must remember that the struggle to restore dignity to people is not finished. The work to ensure that all people have access to fair and equitable employment, health care and proper medical attention and aren’t targets for violence by the police or their fellow community members must continue even after gays and lesbians are granted the right to marry the persons they love.”

-Todd Clayton, Student at Union Theological Seminary, Huffington Post, February 12, 2013

February 23, 2013

“Great nations don’t have to remind others of their greatness. They merely have to be great.”

-Kathleen Parker, Columnist, The Washington Post, January 30, 2011

February 24, 2013

“The media can be an instrument of change: it can maintain the status quo and reflect the views of the society or it can, hopefully, awaken people and change minds. I think it depends on who’s piloting the plane.”

-Katie Couric, Journalist, “Miss Representation”, documentary, 2011

February 25, 2013

“For a politician nothing matters quite as much as being able to move the spirit.”

-Columnist Roger Cohen, The New York Times, March 1, 2011

February 26, 2013

“The MTV generation is sufficiently large, and they expect change not just today — they expect change yesterday.”

-Stuart Rothenberg, election handicapper, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 10, 2010

February 27, 2013

“I have often wondered why I do it, why we do it. After a few seconds the answer used to come easily: because it’s worth it, because it matters, because the world will care once they see our stories. Because if we the storytellers don’t do this, then the bad people will win.”

-Christiane Amanpour, on journalists, keynote speech at the Edward R. Murrow Awards Ceremony, Sept. 13, 2000

February 28, 2013

“Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”

-Former Texas Governor Ann Richards, in a speech at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, July 19, 1988